The First Glastonbury Festival

Summer 1914.

To most of us, the GLASTONBURY Festival is synonymous with rock music, camping in fields and mud.

But long before the event we know today, there was another GLASTONBURY Festival aimed at bringing classical music to the masses.

It began in 1914 and it was the brainchild of the composer and alternative thinker Rutland Boughton, whose music is once again beginning to be popular.

Ian Mcmillan goes in search of the man behind this little known first GLASTONBURY, and explores the connections between what Boughton created and what exists today.

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Summer 1914.

To most of us, the GLASTONBURY Festival is synonymous with rock music, camping in fields and mud.

But long before the event we know today, there was another GLASTONBURY Festival aimed at bringing classical music to the masses.

It began in 1914 and it was the brainchild of the composer and alternative thinker Rutland Boughton, whose music is once again beginning to be popular.

Ian Mcmillan goes in search of the man behind this little known first GLASTONBURY, and explores the connections between what Boughton created and what exists today.